Building permits to construct a community center in Lockeford are expected to be issued within 18 months — the first step in the decades-long quest to construct a park in the community.
The San Joaquin County Planning Commission recently approved a use permit for the Lockeford Community Services District to construct a 4-acre park and community center on Jack Tone Road opposite Lambert Way.
The park is scheduled to be constructed in two phases — the community center and 51-space parking lot, and a 1.6-acre park. The county is allowing the Community Services District 18 months to pull building permits for the first phase and 10 years to construct the park itself.
The 3,400-square-foot community center, with a capacity of 148, will include an assembly area, kitchen and storage area for meetings and events by community groups and residents. It will also include a field office for the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, with a deputy scheduled to occupy the office four hours a day, seven days a week.
The property also includes a caretaker home.
Now that the county Planning Commission approved the use permit, the Lockeford Community Services District can continue architectural work to seek bids for the project, according to Noel Stetson, a district board member.
Meanwhile, an organization known as Friends of Lockeford Park will seek nonprofit status to raise money to maintain the park once it’s built. The friends group plans to promote the future park and fundraising efforts during a Civil War re-enactment scheduled for Aug. 25 at the Old Lockeford Schoolhouse and adjacent property, Stetson said.
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